As a school psychologist and coach who works with gifted, creative and excitable people, I have a special interest in using essential oils for emotional balance and to facilitate learning as the two are intricately connected.
My son finds the use of citrus oils especially balancing and they help him to focus. Be sure when using with kids to always dilute and be aware of safety precautions.
As with all essential oil use, be sure to have quality oils and use as directed. When in doubt, contact your qualified medical professional.
Below I've included some properties of common essential oils, along with some doTerra blends. At the end, I share some custom blends you can make yourself.
Why use essential oils to enhance learning?
Essential Oils are an effective tool for enhancing our learning because the sense of smell goes directly to the emotional part of the brain.
Our ability to focus and learn is directly related to our emotional and mental state. If we are feeling calm and clear headed then we are more ready to learn.
What essential oils are especially helpful in supporting learning?
All essential oils can be helpful in supporting learning because they each address different emotional issues that might interfere with being ready to learn.
Here are some oils that are especially useful in supporting the learning process*:
Cardamom– Self-Control, tolerance, objectivity, patience
Clove–Decisive, clear boundaries, proactive, empowered, protected, capable
*Frankincense - Wisdom, truth, loved, protected, enlightened
Ginger– Empowered, unstuck, committed, present, purposeful
*Lavender - Open communication, calm, expressive, self-aware, peace of mind
*Lemon- Focus, mental clarity, energized, alert, rational, joyful, confident
*Melaleuca (Tea Tree)– Energetic boundaries, healthy and respectful connections, empowered, safe
*Oregano- Humble, nonattachment, teachable, flexible, willing
*Peppermint- Bouyant hearted, optimistic, relieved, strength to face pain
Rosemary– Knowledge, mental clarity, teachable, enlightened, flexible, open
Wild Orange–Creative, humorous, playful, spontaneous, abundant, hopeful
Balance– Grounded, stable, self-contained, connected
*Breathe- Open, receiving, supported, loved
*Deep Blue- Strengthened, accepting, soothed, serene
*Digest Zen- Assimilating experiences, enthusiastic, nourished, adjusting
InTune– Focused, completion of projects & tasks, calm, connected, grounded
Motivate – Motivated, encouraged, hopeful, energized, confident
*On Guard*- Protected, capable, independent, reinforced, strengthened
Serenity- Calm, tranquil, peaceful, relaxed, connected
* Oils in the DoTerra Home Essentials & Family Essentials Kits
Custom Blend Recipes:
Calm - 12 Lavender, 8 Lemon (or wild orange), 5 Frankincense
Clear Head (Headache, Stress) – Equal parts Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense
Family Harmony – 10 Wild Orange, 8 Cardamom, 6 Ginger, 6 Clove
Focus/Energy – 12 Peppermint, 8 Lemon (or Wild Orange), 5 Frankincense
Get Unstuck – 10 Lemon, 8 Lavender, 6 Oregano, 6 Melaleuca
In Control – 10 Lemon, 8 Cardamom, 6 Oregano, 6 Melaleuca
Love of Learning Blend – 10 Lemon, 8 Rosemary, 6 Peppermint, 6 Frankincense
Sleepy blend – Equal parts Lavender, Frankincense